What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is also referred to as Periodontitis. This disease is actually very common disease that directly attacks the gums and comes in 4 main stages. Gingivitis, Early Stage Periodontitis, Moderate Periodontitis, and Advanced Periodontitis. These stages ultimately lead to the same end result, Periodontal Disease. This is because this disease directly affects the gums. Gum disease can progress from bad to worse in its early stages. For this reason, signs of gum disease should not be ignored. The biggest consequence from periodontal disease neglect would be decay of the jaw structure and tooth loss.
The truth is that Gum Disease is completely preventable with proper brushing and flossing each day and night. Proper oral hygiene habits will prevent plaque and tartar build up which lead to gingivitis. Below our Beverly Hills Dentist shares a short description on the signs and symptoms of each Periodontal Disease stage:
- Gingivitis: You will notice inflammation on the gums. You may see signs of light reddish pigment and feel slight irritation on occasion. At this bone, you are not prone to bone loss.
- Early Stage Periodontitis: During this stage, both the gums and the tissue surrounding the teeth are inflamed. It is in this stage that you truly begin the early stages of bone loss.
- Moderate Periodontitis: Both the gums and surrounding tissue are inflamed. Gums may bleed slightly when brushing your teeth. During this stage, there is a moderate amount of bone loss. Gums may begin to pull away from teeth creating a pocket of space between them and teeth.
- Advanced Periodontitis: Your gums and surrounding tissue at this stage may bleed more heavily when brushing. You may notice gum pockets. Teeth may also appear longer due to gums receding. Teeth may also appear farther apart from each other. In reality teeth are thinner due to severe bone loss creating gaps.
Teeth that are severely affected by the disease cannot be saved and will need to be removed.Periodontic Treatments
Here at Beverly Hills Dentistry, treatment for gum disease varies depending on what stage need to be addressed. Treatment for the earliest and most common form of gum disease - gingivitis includes a professional deep cleaning (scaling and root planing). For cases where tissue is damaged, our Beverly Hills Dentist first removed all affected tissue until the disease is gone. The next step involves bite and smile restoration.
Smile restoration services include dental implants to replace teeth that were lost to gum disease, as well as dental bridges and crowns to restore a tooth’s function.
Should you experience and signs or symptoms of any stage of gum disease,call and schedule an appointment with your Beverly Hills Dentist. Simple call us at (310) 652-8383.